How Soon Can I Resume Normal Activities After Breast Augmentation?

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If you've been thinking about breast augmentation surgery but have concerns about being away from work or "out of commission" at home for an extended period of time, you may be surprised to learn that many women are able to resume a great number of their normal routines as soon as about one week after surgery. However, there are certain activities that will be off-limits for longer as your body heals, and it is essential to follow your breast augmentation recovery instructions closely to avoid complications and delayed healing overall. Keep reading to learn more about the recovery timeline for breast augmentation with this helpful information provided by Beverly Hills double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Marshall and the knowledgeable team at Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery.

What happens during a breast augmentation?

Because every person's physical anatomy, body type, and personal preferences are distinctly unique, each breast augmentation surgery is fully customized. Generally speaking, breast augmentation surgery usually involves the placement of synthetic breast implants — either saline or silicone gel — and/or a fat transfer to the breast. In implant-based breast augmentation, an incision is made — typically in the inframammary crease just beneath the breast — allowing Dr. Marshall to insert the implant into a breast pocket, either above or under the chest muscle. Once Dr. Marshall has ensured appropriate symmetry and placement, the incisions will be closed with sutures, and the patient will be placed into a supportive medical bra to aid in healing and recovery.

How long do I need to take off work for breast augmentation?

Many women choose to schedule about two weeks off of work for breast augmentation recovery. However, it is usually possible to return to desk work and other light chores after about one week, with the exception of driving and other activities that are not safe while taking certain prescribed pain medications.

When can I exercise again after breast augmentation surgery?

For the first 1 – 2 days after breast augmentation surgery, patients should focus on resting and sleeping, though it is important to be up and walking for short periods of time — like to and from the bathroom — to discourage the development of a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). After this, patients should take frequent, short walks around the house while still devoting time to rest and recovery. While walking and other light exercises are usually possible within 1 – 3 weeks after surgery, more strenuous physical activities and exercise — including weightlifting — should be paused for at least 6 – 8 weeks or until cleared by Dr. Marshall.

What else do I need to know about recovery after getting breast implants?

During your initial consultation, as well as throughout the course of your postoperative care and follow-up appointments, Dr. Marshall will discuss appropriate aftercare instructions to ensure the most efficient and complete breast augmentation recovery possible. Some essential things to keep in mind while healing after breast augmentation surgery include:

  • No heavy lifting
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid nicotine and alcohol
  • Get plenty of sleep/rest
  • Take light, frequent walks around the house
  • Sleep on your back with your upper body elevated
  • Do not submerge your incisions (no pools, bathtubs, hot tubs, etc.)
  • Plan to have help with chores, errands, driving, kids, and work
  • Take your medications as prescribed
  • Attend your scheduled follow-up appointments

By following Dr. Marshall's instructions and making healthy lifestyle choices overall, you can help set yourself up for a successful recovery and optimal results for your Beverly Hills, CA breast augmentation.

Start loving your look in just weeks with breast augmentation surgery in Beverly Hills, CA

If you are thinking about getting breast implants but aren't thrilled about an extended recovery timeline, we can help. Discover your options for achieving the feminine, sexy silhouette you want without too much time away from work by calling Andre P. Marshall Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation for breast augmentation in Beverly Hills, CA with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Marshall today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.